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Polyvagal Theory



Polyvagal theory is the suggestion that the vagus nerve—a part of the nervous system that connects the heart, lungs, and digestive tract—plays a strong role in emotion regulation, social connection, and anxiety. Proponents of polyvagal theory emphasize the importance of social relationship development in our understanding of the physical response to trauma and stress.

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Vagus Nerve Reset to Release Trauma Stored in the Body

This vagus nerve reset is designed to relieve stress and anxiety by restoring the social engagement state referenced in Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges. Vagus nerve exercises also turn off fight or flight in the sympathetic nervous system to release trauma stored in the body.

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The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation

Adding a polyvagal perspective to clinical practice draws the autonomic nervous system directly into the work of therapy, helping clients re-pattern their nervous systems, build capacities for regulation, and create autonomic pathways of safety and connection.

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If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is Now

Emerging research on the vagus nerve sheds light on how people can tune in to their nervous systems and find ways back to a “rest and digest” state amidst the chronic stress.

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The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships

How each of us can become a therapeutic presence in the world. Images and sounds of war, natural disasters, and human-made devastation explicitly surround us and implicitly leave their imprint in our muscles, our belly and heart, our nervous systems, and the brains in our skulls.

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The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Bridging the gap between research, science, and the therapy room.

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Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies

Clinicians who have dedicated their work to bringing the benefits of the Polyvagal Theory to a range of clients have come together to present Polyvagal Theory in a creative and personal way.

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Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism

This practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical well-being builds on Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal Theory—one of the most important recent developments in human neurobiology.

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The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation

This book compiles, for the first time, Stephen W. Porges’s decades of research.

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Dr. Stephen Porges: What is the Polyvagal Theory

Dr. Stephen Porges explains Polyvagal Theory in his interview with PsychAlive.org.

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Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation

Ever since publication of The Polyvagal Theory in 2011, demand for information about this innovative perspective has been constant. Here Stephen W. Porges brings together his most important writings since the publication of that seminal work. At its heart, polyvagal theory is about safety.

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